Family owned and operated since 1936, George Downing Estate Drilling Limited has been incorporated under federal charter since 1958. We have a diverse and constantly growing fleet of drills to accommodate any of your drilling needs, consisting of various exploration rigs, auger rigs, direct push rigs and a vast fleet of support equipment to meet any of your specifications for all your soils investigation – environmental, geotechnical, hydrogeological and exploration- projects.

We at George Downing Estate Drilling recognize what is required to offer the most cost-efficient drilling services all while adhering to the highest safety standards. We are not just a drilling outfit. We are giving you our outstanding customer services through our best practices in a safe environment and our commitment to every project.


We have drilled across Canada, from the Maritimes to Alberta. We have also drilled in Africa, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Turkey and the United States. Our offices are located between Ottawa and Montreal, in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue area and Duluth, MN, USA we have also established bases in Thunder Bay, Schefferville and Labrador City.


Prospector and Developers Association of Canada

Ontario Ground Water Association

APCHQ/AESEQ (Assocation Provinciale des Constructeurs Habitations du Québec Inc./Association des entreprises spécialisées en eau du Québec)


Registered Explorer - Minnesota, US

Régie du Bâtiment du Québec

Water Well Contractor license for Ontario


Boart Longyear Recognizes A Customer Relationship Spanning Three Generations and Almost 80 Years At PDAC in March 2015, Mr. Kent Hoots, Senior Vice President, Products formally recognized George Downing Estate Drilling for their unwavering support and customer loyalty since 1936. Mr. Hoots presented Bruce and Andrew Downing with a custom plaque featuring a rendering of a Junior Straitline – the very first rig George Downing rented from Longyear in 1936.